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Handbook details steps for preserving biological evidence.

May 3, 2013

The Biological Evidence Preservation Handbook: Best Practices for Evidence Handlers, by NIST and the National Institute of Justice, provides forensic laboratories and law enforcement agencies with guidelines for preserving biological evidence so that it is available at any time to solve cold cases, confirm guilt of criminals, or exonerate the innocent. Handbook is divided into 5 main sections: retention, safe handling, packaging and storing, chain of custody and tracking, and disposition. Read More

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NEMA Solid State Lighting Standard addresses compatibility.

May 3, 2013

NEMA SSL 7A-2013 Phase Cut Dimming for Solid State Lighting: Basic Compatibility provides compatibility requirements when forward phase cut dimmer is combined with one or more dimmable LED Light Engines (LLEs). Using synthetic loads and waveform generators to represent products, to reduce testing burden, standard also provides power supply current requirements for LLE and digital dimmer compatibility. It is suited for global use and is available in physical and electronic copies. Read More

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EPA Announces Winner of building energy conservation competition.

May 3, 2013

By demonstrating 52% energy use reduction, Demarest Elementary School in Bloomfield, NJ won EPA's 2012 Energy Star Battle of the Buildings competition. Over 3,000 schools, businesses, and government buildings across USA competed to see which could reduce its energy use by most in one year. Together, this year's competitors cut energy costs by $50+ million, saved 3+ billion kBtus of energy, and reduced annual greenhouse gas emissions equal to amount of electricity used by 43,000+ homes. Read More

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EPA Proposal targets power plant toxic pollutants discharge.

May 3, 2013

In accordance with consent decree and in line with requirements under Clean Water Act, U.S. EPA will propose options to help reduce dangerous pollutants, including mercury, arsenic, lead, and selenium, released into America's waterways by coal ash, air pollution control waste, and other waste from steam electric power plants. Proposal includes options for whether and how said waste streams should be treated, and EPA will take comments on all of these options to help inform most appropriate final standard. Read More

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IREC updates Model Interconnection Procedures for power grid.

May 3, 2013

IREC update to Model Interconnection Procedures addresses Pre-Application Report for developers, use of location-specific criteria during interconnections, establishing timeframes for technical criteria during Supplemental Review Process, and electronic signatures. Update also includes footnotes with key provisions and information on state alternatives. Procedures specify technical requirements, timeframes, fees, and review process for connecting renewable energy systems to utility grid. Read More

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NIST to hold second cybersecurity workshop.

May 2, 2013

On May 29-31, NIST is holding second of 4 planned workshops to develop voluntary framework to reduce cybersecurity risks for critical infrastructure. During spring and summer workshops, attendees will be asked to identify, refine, and guide the many interrelated considerations, challenges, and efforts needed to build framework. Participants in working sessions will analyze and discuss framework's initial inputs, including RFI responses and preliminary analysis conducted by NIST. Read More

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NIST Revises Computer Security Guide to address current threats.

May 2, 2013

NIST published fourth revision of Security and Privacy Controls for Federal information Systems and Organizations, known to federal computer security and contractor community as SP (Special Publication) 800-53. Motivated by expanding and increasingly sophisticated and persistent threats being faced with greater frequency, Revision 4 integrates state-of-the-practice security controls and control enhancements while taking more holistic approach to information security and risk management. Read More

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Demand Bumps Up WESTEC Expo Date to October of 2013.

May 2, 2013

While previously scheduled as spring 2014 event, WESTEC will now take place October 15–17, 2013 at Los Angeles Convention Center due to increased industry demand and participant feedback. Christine Longroy, WESTEC event manager, noted American manufacturing sector's "renewed strength and economic vitality" and expressed desire to capitalize on this progress. Moving event up to fall of 2013 from Spring of 2014 was deemed necessary; exhibitors and attendees agreed. Read More